Carolina Panthers Urge Fans Not to Text and Drive

Aug 30, 2013

AT&T today welcomed the Carolina Panthers as an official advocate of It Can Wait®, a national campaign to end the dangerous habit of texting while driving. The Panthers are one of the first professional football teams to officially advocate for It Can Wait, and now are among more than 200 advocates nationwide that are actively supporting the push to stop texting behind the wheel.

Read Carolina Panthers It Can Wait News Release

“We are thrilled to welcome the Panthers to the It Can Wait team,” said Venessa Harrison, President of AT&T-North Carolina. “With their community reputation and the excitement they create throughout the Carolinas, the Panthers’ involvement will certainly raise awareness of this issue and positively influence thousands of drivers to not text behind the wheel.”

A recent AT&T survey shows business commuters know texting while driving is unsafe, but they still engage in these behaviors. In fact:

  • They are texting and driving more than they used to.
    • Six in 10 commuters said they never texted while driving three years ago.
  • Nearly half of commuters admit to texting while driving, which is more than teens.
    • 49 percent of commuters self-report texting while driving, compared to 43 percent1 of teens.
  • Despite knowing the risks.
    • 98 percent said sending a text or email while driving isn’t safe.
  • For many, it has become a habit.
    • More than 40 percent of those who admitted to texting while driving called it a habit.

To take the pledge and see a list of supporters, visit www.ItCanWait.com.  For additional information and resources, visit www.att.com/itcanwait.

 

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